NSA DOES DOWN UNDER

Aussies Wiretapped Indonesians

Australia's tense relationship with Indonesia has only worsened after weekend revelations that the Australian government offered to provide commercial intelligence on the Southeast Asian country to the U.S. National Security Agency. Australia reportedly wiretapped the lines of many Indonesian officials, including the president and his wife. Edward Snowden released a document detailing that Australia monitored Indonesia's talks with a U.S. law firm on a bilateral trade agreement. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa bristled at Australia's justification for spying. "I have come across statements that Australia collects intelligence to save Australian lives, lives of other people, to promote Australian values. But I must say I find it a bit mind-boggling, a bit difficult how I can reconcile discussions about shrimps and the impact on Australian security," he said in a joint press conference with U.S.Secretary of State John Kerry.